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PHIL 7965 Freud's Conception of the Death Drive (Fall: 3 )

Course Description

This course will develop a reading of Freud's Beyond the Pleasure Principle. The text will be read philosophically, but with close attention to themes in modern psychiatry. We will follow three lines into Freud's notion of a death drive: (1) the possibility of forces of/in life that destroy life, and that come from inside rather than outside. (2) the experience of repetition of painful events, against the possibility of instead seeking pleasure and health. (3) an analysis of aggression that carefully distinguishes fury from the more familiar experience of hate. The course provides an introduction to Freud and to philosophers who have engaged psychoanalysis at a deep level (e.g., Deleuze).

Instructor(s): Paul Moyaert

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 24-Jun-17